|European Case Law Identifier:||ECLI:EP:BA:2013:T004113.20130521|
|Date of decision:||21 May 2013|
|Case number:||T 0041/13|
|IPC class:||G06F 19/00|
|Language of proceedings:||EN|
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|Title of application:||On-line healthcare consultation services system and method of using same|
|Applicant name:||Intensive Care On-line|
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|Keywords:||Admissibility of appeal - missing statement of grounds|
Summary of Facts and Submissions
I. The appeal is against the decision of the examining division, posted on 18 July 2012, refusing European patent application No. 06825598.3.
II. Notice of appeal was received on 28 September 2012 and the appeal fee was paid on the same day. The notice of appeal contains an auxiliary request for oral proceedings.
III. A written statement setting out the grounds of appeal was not filed within the four-month time limit provided for in Article 108 EPC. Nor did the notice of appeal contain anything that might be considered as such statement.
IV. With a communication dated 14 January 2013, the board informed the appellant that no statement setting out the grounds of appeal had been received and that the appeal could be expected to be rejected as inadmissible. The appellant was further informed that any observations should be filed within two months.
V. The appellant filed no observations in response to said communication.
VI. With a communication dated 26 April 2013, the board informed the appellant that no statement setting out the grounds of appeal had been received and reminded the appellant of the pending request for oral proceedings.
VII. In response to this communication, by letter dated 6 May 2013 and received on 7 May 2013, the appellant withdrew its request for oral proceedings and confirmed that no additional documents had been submitted after receipt of the board's communication dated 26 April 2013.
Reasons for the Decision
As no written statement setting out the grounds of appeal was filed within the time limit provided for in Article 108 EPC, the appeal is inadmissible pursuant to Rule 101(1) EPC.
For these reasons it is decided that:
The appeal is rejected as inadmissible.